Subject: Fishing Spider
Geographic location of the bug: Southwest Florida (Naples, FL)
Time: 05:19 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: The fishing spider in the photo was on the water’s surface at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida, on September 7, 2018. It is not one of our four native fishing spiders (D. triton, D.okefinakensis, D.albineus, P.mina). Is this an exotic, and if so, do you know what it is?
How you want your letter signed: DBrewer
This does resemble Dolomedes triton in our opinion. According to BugGuide: “This species and D. striatus appear to have striped femurs. While all other species have banded femurs.” Perhaps one of our readers will have a different idea.